Courageous Conversations: Abortion—Getting Beyond the Labels

Saturday, September 10, 2022 — 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Join us for an open, respectful discussion of abortion. All backgrounds and viewpoints are welcome in the discussion. Each participant is asked to read this month’s articles on the topic prior to the discussion.

September 10, 2022

Events > Courageous Conversations: Abortion—Getting Beyond the Labels

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Saturday, September 10, 2022
10:30 am to 11:30 am
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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
234 Kensington Road
Berlin, CT

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    Labels like “Pro-Life” and “Pro-Choice” place us in opposition to one another and often ignore the complexities of this difficult topic. Our conversation will explore the values, individual rights, and social context around this difficult topic. We invite people of all backgrounds and opinions to join us for this timely discussion.

    Participants are asked to read/view this month’s background resources prior to the conversation.


    Be Prepared

    Prior to the conversation, please read this month’s articles. Printed copies are available at the Library.

    Introduction to the Abortion Debate
    Ethics Guide from the BBC

    There are More Than Two Sides to the Abortion Debate
    Article from The Atlantic


    Dive Deeper

    Optional Reading/Listening

    Besides the resources listed below, you may also choose to do further reading from other sources. If you do so, keep these guidelines in mind:

    1. Choose a reputable source
      Check out the credentials of the author or publication and look for a fact-based article or book. Don’t waste time reading opinion pieces from someone who’s trying to rile you up.
    2. Exit your echo chamber
      Look for a thoughtful article or book from someone whose opinion differs from yours. Learn what the other side says and keep guideline #1 in mind when you choose this source.

    What You Need to Know about Abortion Law ⭐ Highly Recommended
    Audio Podcast from Pantsuit Politics

    Britannica Pro/Con: Should Abortion Be Legal?
    Pro/con list from Britannica

    Religious Views on the Legalization of Abortion
    Pro/con list from Britannica

    Should Abortions Be Legal?
    Review of stances/opinions from AllSides


    What are Courageous Conversations?

    Courageous Conversations is a small-group discussion series that will provide an opportunity for people of all backgrounds and viewpoints to discuss important local, cultural, social, and political issues in a safe environment where differing opinions, patient listening, and respectful discussion are welcomed as a necessary part of building connection with others and identifying shared values. Participants may be asked to read short articles, books, or listen to podcasts prior to the meetings and will be asked to abide by our shared discussion guidelines.

    Library staff will facilitate the conversations and ensure that all participants have the opportunity to share in the discussion.

    The event is in person and attendance space is limited; please remember to register.


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